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Demonic Movie Sounds Critic: Suspiria 1977 Versus Suspiria 2018

Updated: Dec 12, 2019

Anyone who has seen the 2018 remake of ''Suspiria'' cannot help but be impressed with the film's visual flair and it's penchant for stylish, elaborately staged murder scenes but one cannot deny that the original film's (Suspiria, 1977) main driving force is the music score so effectively conjured by The Goblins with director Dario Argento.

Suspiria 1977 Creative Poster

Original Movie Title: Suspiria

Also Known As: Dario Argento's Suspiria

Country: Italy

Language: Italian, Russian, English, German, Latin

Release Date: 12 August 1977 (USA)

Writing By: Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi

Directed by: Dario Argento

IMDb Rating: 7.5

Official Movie Synopsis:
Amid a violent and unequalled tempest, the ambitious American ballet student, Suzy Bannion, arrives in the dead of night at Freiburg's distinguished Dance Academy, against the backdrop of another young student's atrocious murder. Forced to remain at school after a sudden fainting spell, Suzy will gradually begin to suspect that the unremitting attacks on the institute's unsuspecting members and the seemingly endless string of ominous incidents, concur with the disquieting and insidious rumours of witchcraft. Is the renowned academy, indeed, a covert nest of vipers? - Nick Riaganas

Dairo Argento's Suspiria 1977 Movie Trailer

Argento wanted to take a collaborative and experimental approach, shooting scenes for the 2018 remake of Suspiria with Goblin's score blasting in the background. Thus every note plays to the scene, acting alone, but also adding to the motifs of the film. Guitarist Massimo Morante chose the bouzouki a greek mandolin, to add texture to the film's main theme, as the mother of the coven, Helena Markos, is of Greek descent. These small but intentional touches allow Goblin's score to transcend the medium, gaining cinematic life beyond their contemporaries. Simonetti's live score for Suspiria is a careful reconstruction. Argento's classic film would be a husk of itself without Goblin's integral score, and so with the live re-creation, Simonetti plans to make it as true to form as possible.
''Playing the score live is hard work'', Simonetti says.

Suspiria 2018 From Amazon Studios Poster

Original Movie Title: Suspiria

Country: Italy

Language: English, German, French, Russian

Release Date: 2 November 2018 (USA)

Character By: Dario Argento & Daria Nicolodi

Screenplay By: David Kajganich

Directed by: Luca Guadagnino

IMDb Rating: 6.8

Official Movie Synopsis
''Susie Bannion is a young American ballerina who travels to Berlin to study dancing at the Markos Tanz Company, one of the world's most renowned schools under Madame Blanc's management. On her very first day, one of the students who had been recently expelled from the school is murdered. As this appalling happening does not seem to be an isolated occurrence, the brilliant new student soon begins to suspect that the school might be involved in the homicide. Her mistrust heightens when Sarah, one of the girls at the school, tells her that Pat, before being killed, confided to her that she knew and guarded a terrifying dark secret.'' - Domingo Alvarez

Suspiria 2018 Amazon Studios Official Trailer

1977 Suspiria's original soundtrack is there in the 2018 remake. But it didn't have any chance to pull out dialogues from old one to the new one. And now time to focusing sounds of the two of them. (Suspiria 1977 and Suspiria 2018).

Claudio Simonetti's GOBLIN performing the live score to SUSPIRIA 2018

Thanks to remake of the Suspiria (2018), which allowed us to notice once again the Argento's Suspiria that's the unique horror legend of its kind. Howling voices are heard during the murder scenes and in the moments preceding them. These are joined by a frantic, electronic pounding, which emphasizes the terror, and the panic is backed with the strumming of an electric guitar.

As early as the opening credits, the music establishes itself with an aggressive drum-roll - anticipating the horrors to come. This then fades into a surreal, almost hallucinatory synthesized melody which perfectly realizes the nightmarish elements upon which the film is built. This main theme appears throughout the movie insuring that the dream-like quality it creates never relents. Another unique touch is the chanting of the word 'WITCH' at varied stages during the opening sequences. Serving as a warning of what lies ahead, this also acts as a creative means of relaying details of the story via the music.

GOBLIN Announces North American Tour Performing 1977 Film Suspiria Soundtrack

If you ask my opinion as to which soundtrack more effective than the other, without any doubt the original one is! If I talk more about Suspiria (2018), for the first thirty minutes and ambience itself is very chaotic and really tasteful. But in the middle of the film, you're getting use to the similar sounds, so you don't feel fright in the movie and that's also why, you can't get into the movie itself. And when the dark screen getting closer to the ending credits for the Suspiria 2018, you will be disappointed in the final and the weak actings with the unnatural dialogues. On the other hand Argento's original one, makes you feel satisfied into the depths of darkness.

Dario Argento's 1977 Suspiria Piece Of Art Poster

Perhaps the most striking thing about the soundtrack of ''Suspiria, 1977'' is the sheer volume of it. Suspiria is an italian word meaning whispers, which might imply hush and silence but are underscored with tremendous ferocity and may boast the loudest music ever heard on film. Suspiria, 1977 has a wonderful soundtrack and credit must go to Argento and The Goblins for combining their talents with maximum effect. That's why my choice is definitely Suspiria, 1977.

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